Ala Wai-fish - Pilau Ala Wai Warning: Do not eat the fish...

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Pilau Ala Wai Warning: Do not eat the fish Kevin O'Leary September 3, 2003 Honolulu Weekly With the long-delayed dredging of the Ala Wai scheduled to be completed within weeks, the 75-year-old canal, which drains the area of urban Honolulu from Pauoa to Pa-lolo, may be poised to make a comeback of sorts. What the revitalization of the Ala Wai might look like, however, depends on who’s doing the looking. Local fishermen, canoe paddlers and environment groups see it their way, while hotel owners, the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau and city and state government have their own plans for the manmade stream that helped to create the modern tourist industry in Hawai‘i. Sorting out these often conflicting visions will determine, to a large degree, the future of the Ala Wai. Jumbo Shrimp Dan Mahnke, Superintendent for American Marine Corporation’s Ala Wai dredging project, has an aquarium in his company’s temporary trailer office at Magic Island. The aquarium has only one resident, a mantis shrimp, pulled from the canal during the operation. At around a foot long and weighing in at roughly a pound, the creature is impressive, even a little scary. “We’ve found five of these so far,” Mahnke explains, “and released all but one.” The one eaten by American Marine First Mate Keith Harvey — an act that made national news, primarily because the shrimp’s extraordinary size was linked to pollutants in the canal. Harvey doesn’t know what all the fuss was about. “We found three others that were bigger than this one [in the tank]. I heard they were good, so I wanted to try it. I let it flush out in fresh seawater for a week before I steamed it. It was really good — sweet.” The local dailies also ran the story, and although the creature’s size was featured (it was a record for mantis shrimp) most of The Honolulu Advertiser’s ink focused on how stupid it would be for anyone to eat anything that lives in a toxic soup like the Ala Wai. Both state and city agencies have put up warning signs along the 2-mile canal advising people not to eat fish or shellfish living there, due to urban runoff that has been found to contain potentially carcinogenic levels of termicides (such as Chlordane, banned for commercial use in the 1980s but still very much with us) and heavy metals from automobile tires and brake linings wearing down, and the resulting particles being flushed into storm drains. A professor of oceanography from UH, Eric De Carlo, was quoted in The Advertiser as saying that it is mostly first-generation immigrants, with poor English comprehension and therefore oblivious to the signs, who are fishing the Ala Wai and eating their catch. But on a recent Sunday afternoon near the Ala Wai Community Park, there is nary an
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2011 for the course OCN 201 taught by Professor Decarlo,e during the Summer '08 term at University of Hawaii, Manoa.

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